Settlement Workers in Schools Program

Support for Newcomer Children in Schools

Are you a newcomer to Canada with a child in the New Westminster School District (SD40)? Learn about in-school settlement support for your children and family.

The Settlement Workers in Schools program helps you learn about your new community and school system. Support is available for children, their parents, and caregivers.

This program is available in English, Greek, Punjabi, Farsi, Dari, French, Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian. Other language support may be available on request.

Services are free for newcomer families.


This program is available for:

  • immigrant and refugee families

  • those attending a New Westminster school (SD40)

Program Description

Welcome Services

Settlement workers work with school staff to welcome newcomer families to the community. We provide a one-on-one consultation to meet your family, then help you learn about your school and community.

We follow up often within your first 12 months to provide support with:

  • one-on-one consultations
  • workshops for the whole family
  • support group referrals (for youth and parents)
  • mentoring (for youth and parents)
  • volunteering opportunities (for youth and parents)
  • youth training on life and leadership skills

School Tours

We provide a one-on-one tour of the school and grounds. This helps everyone know what to expect on the first day of school.

Support Groups for Families

Meet other families in the community for support and friendship. You will practice English, share in local culture, and learn about community resources. These events are kid-friendly with a play area available.

Ask us about mentorship, volunteering, and specialty workshops for children, youth, and adults.


This program is supported by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and accredited through CARF, and hosted through the New Westminster School District (SD40)

New Westminster Secondary Welcome Centre

820 6th Street, New Westminster, V3L 3C8


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